Brooklyn Man Caught With 250 Envelopes of Heroin Near Canadian Border

A law enforcement drug task force says it has arrested a New York City man after he was caught with more than 250 envelopes of heroin near the Canadian border in northern New York.
The Adirondack Drug Task Force says it arrested 21-year-old Michael McDonald of Brooklyn during a traffic stop in Plattsburgh on Thursday.
Officials say he was carrying 254 wax envelopes of heroin.
McDonald was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. He’s being held in the Clinton County Jail on $50,000 cash bail. It couldn’t immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.
The Adirondack Drug Task Force includes federal agencies, state police, Plattsburgh city police and the county sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices.
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Weekend Bridge and Street Closures – September 20-21

The Brooklyn Bridge will be closed to Manhattan-bound traffic on Saturday from 12:01 am to 7 am and on Sunday from 12:01 am to 9 am. Motorists should consider the Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, or Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (MTA-tolled facility) as alternate routes.

One of three lanes on the lower roadway of the Manhattan Bridge westbound to Manhattan will be closed from 7 am to 10 pm Saturday and Sunday to facilitate bridge repairs.

The Grand Street Bridge over Newtown Creek will be closed in both directions on Saturday between 7 am and 1 pm for deck grating and sidewalk repairs. Metropolitan Avenue may be used as an alternative route.

The Willis Avenue Bridge will be closed intermittently between 2 am and 5 am nightly through October 31 to test the swing span. Each swing span test is expected to take 15 minutes or less.

The Central Park transverse at 65th Street will be closed to traffic, except for emergency vehicles, on Saturday between 12:01 am and 6 am for inspection of the bridge under-decks.

The Park Avenue northbound viaduct from East 41st Street to East 46th Street will be closed from 12:01 am Saturday to 5 am Monday to facilitate MTA Metro North deck repairs. Motorists can use 3rd Avenue.

There will be lane closures on the Gowanus Expressway inbound/northbound from Prospect Expressway to Gowanus Canal/Clinton Street from 11 pm Friday to 9 pm Sunday to facilitate NY State DOT bridge deck joint replacement.

Mulberry Street between Canal Street and East Houston Street, Grand Street between Mott Street and Centre Street, and Hester Street between Mott and Centre Street will be closed daily Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 11 pm for the San Gennaro Festival.

The following streets will be closed on Saturday:
* 5th Avenue between 67th Street and 86th Street and 67th Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan will be closed from noon to 3 pm for the German American Day Parade.
* Broadway between Waverly Place and 14th Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Broadway Autumn Fair.
* Havemeyer Street between South 4th Street and Grand Street in Brooklyn will be closed from 1 pm to 6 pm for DOT Weekend Walks Southside Connex.
* Stone Street between Hanover Square and Broad Street, Hanover Square between William Street and Pearl Street, and Mill Lane between South William Street and Stone Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 10 pm for the Stone Street Oyster Festival.
* Maiden Lane between Front Street and South Street in Manhattan will be closed from noon to 6 pm for Dushara.

The following streets in Manhattan will be closed on Sunday from 11:30 am to 1 pm for the People’s Climate March:
* Broadway between 59th Street and 54th Street
* 6th Avenue between Central Park South and 42nd Street
* 11th Avenue between 42nd Street and 34th Street
* Central Park West between 59th Street and 86th Street
* Central Park South between Columbus Circle and 6th Avenue
* 58th Street between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue
* 42nd Street between 6th Avenue and 11th Avenue
* 36th Street to 40th Street between 10th Avenue and 12th Avenue

The following streets will be closed on Sunday:
* Madison Avenue between 38th Street and 27th Street, 27th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue, and 37th Street and 38th Street between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue in Manhattan will be closed from noon to 4 pm for the Mexican Day Parade.
* Columbus Avenue between 66th Street and 86th Street in Manhattan will be closed from noon to 5 pm for the Columbus Avenue Festival.
* 12th Avenue between 44th Street and North Moore Street and the Hudson River Park bicycle path between North Moore and 44th Street in Manhattan will be closed from 7 am to noon for the Rosedale Woman’s Health 10K Run.
* Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard between 111th Street and 136th Street will be closed from 1 pm to 6 pm for the African American Day Parade.
* Malcolm X Boulevard between 134th Street and 122nd Street, 134th Street between Frederick Douglas Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard, 122nd Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Mt. Morris Park West, and 134th Street between Frederick Douglas Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard in Manhattan will be closed from 2 pm to 4 pm for the African Cultural Center Parade.
* Fulton Street between Water Street and William Street in Manhattan will be closed from noon to 6 pm for the Community Board #1 Fulton Street Fair.
* Amsterdam Avenue between West 106th Street and West 110th Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 5 pm for the DOT Weekend Walks Bloomingdale Family Days.
* Graham Avenue between Broadway and Debevoise Street in Brooklyn will be closed from 1 pm to 6 pm for the Brooklyn Puerto Rican Day Parade.
* Cortelyou Road between Coney Island Avenue and Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn will be closed from noon to 6 pm for the Flatbush Frolic.
* 8th Avenue between 66th Street and 55th Street in Brooklyn will be closed from 2 pm to 3 pm for the Chinese Moon Festival.
* Montague Street between Clinton Street and Hicks Street Avenue in Brooklyn will be closed from noon to 5 pm for the DOT Weekend Walks Summer Space.
* Broadway between Crescent Street and 47th Street in Queens will be closed from noon to 6 pm for the Broadway Merchants Professionals Association Festival.

The times listed for closures for street fairs are for the actual times of the street fairs themselves. The streets may be closed longer to allow for set-up and breakdown. Street fair organizers are generally permitted to begin set-up at 8 am and breakdown must be completed by 7 pm.

Ohio Man Sentenced To 37 Years-To-Life In Prison For Rape Of Prospect Heights Woman

Prosecutors today announced that a Cincinnati, Ohio man has been sentenced to 37 years-to-life in prison for raping a Prospect Heights woman in May 2011.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This is a horrific case where a young woman’s life was ruined at the hands of a rapist. This defendant will spend a huge portion of his life in prison due to his violent, deplorable and reprehensive acts.”

District Attorney Thompson identified the defendant as Carlos Hairston, 39, of 3382 McHenry Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. The defendant was sentenced yesterday by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Joel M. Goldberg to 37 years-to-life in prison. Hairston was convicted after a jury trial of first-degree rape, second-degree burglary as a sexually motivated felony, first-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

According to the trial testimony, on May 14, 2011, at approximately 2:00 a.m., as she entered her apartment building, the defendant grabbed the 22-year-old victim from behind, placed his hand over her mouth, and dragged her to the laundry room in the basement. The defendant repeatedly threatened to kill the victim if she screamed, and told her, “I am the Devil, this is what I do”

The defendant then forced the victim to remove her clothes and perform a sex act. The defendant then raped her. He threatened to kill the woman if she called the police.

25 Elected Officials Call for More Action to Combat Shocking Rise in Anti-Semitic Crimes

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The NYC Comptroller, Council Members, and members of the state legislature joined Council Members David G. Greenfield, Mark Levine, Mark Treyger and Steve Levin who hosted a rally denouncing the 39% rise in anti-Semitic crimes this year on the steps of City Hall. They were joined by Comptroller Scott Stringer, Council Members Corey Johnson, Jumaane Williams, Vanessa Gibson, Ydanis Rodriquez, Brad Lander, Helen Rosenthal, Mathieu Eugene, Andy Cohen, Costa Constantinides, Brad Lander, Donovan Richards, Karen Koslowitz, Ben Kallos, Rory Lancman, Margaret Chin, Andy King, Laurie Cumbo, Mark Weprin and Assemblymember Helene Weinstein, State Senators Simcha Felder, Liz Krueger and representatives from the office of Public Advocate Letitia James and Councilman Chaim Deutsch as well Michael Miller from the JCRC and Jeff Leb from the Orthodox Union who all stood together to protest the waves of vandalism and violence against the global Jewish Community in New York City.

According to the NYPD in 2013 there was a total of 192 hate crimes total, 64 of them being anti-Semitic attacks including 3 assaults. Already in 2014 there have been 224 total hate crimes, 89 of them anti-Semitic in nature including 8 assaults. The stories of the attacks are loathsome. Several hate crimes have been reported this summer following vandalism, harassment, and violence against the Jewish community.

Around New York City, this spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes has spurned great concern across the five boroughs, especially in advance of the Jewish high holidays which start with Rosh Hashanah next week. The Jewish Community has historically always been a target of hate and violence during the fall holiday season which makes denouncing this trend of violence especially important now.

Anti-Semitism is on the rise internationally. Crimes of hate are ballooning through Europe where anti-Semitic crimes have been reported in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

“As we have seen waves of hateful violence against the Jewish community sweep across Europe we must act to stop it in its tracks here in New York City. We are standing together to make it clear that this rise in anti-Semitism is unacceptable and more must be done by our own city to ends these disgusting attacks. “It is especially urgent for us to speak up now as the Jewish High Holidays are upon us next week. We need more done now,” said Councilman David Greenfield.

Woman Killed by MTA Bus While Trying to Retrieve Cell Phone

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A woman in Brooklyn was killed when she was run over by an MTA bus while trying to retrieve a cellphone.

Police say the unidentified woman had dropped her cellphone while getting off the B44 bus on Bedford and Fulton avenues at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the bus driver remained at the scene.

Police are still investigating.
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Two Men Have 1993 Convictions Overturned

A state appeals court has overturned the guilty verdicts of two men convicted in 1993 of kidnapping a 16-year-old Brooklyn girl.

The panel ruled Wednesday that authorities withheld information that might have cleared Everton Wagstaffe and Reginald Connor of the charges. It also dismissed the indictments against them.

Both men have always maintained their innocence.

The bludgeoned body of Jennifer Negron was found on a Brooklyn street on Jan. 1, 1992. A judge dismissed the murder charges due to lack of evidence.

The appeals court ruled that prosecutors buried documents that might have shown police and the prime witness had lied.
The Brooklyn district attorney’s office said it was reviewing the decision.

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New Book on Jewish Food Features Intro by Joan Rivers

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A few months before she died, Joan Rivers agreed to contribute to a book about Jewish food.

She began with some old family stories and some old Jewish jokes.
“What does a Jewish woman make for dinner? Reservations.”
“You know how they butcher kosher meat, right? The cows aren’t slaughtered. They’re nagged to death.”
Rivers, who died Sept. 4 at age 81, is the opening act for “Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food.” Set to be published in December by powerHouse Books, “Eating Delancey” is a tribute to knishes, bagels, pickles and other staples of the Jewish immigrant community of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It features memories from Don Rickles, Isaac Mizrahi and Itzhak Perlman, among others.

When the publishers were putting together a wish list for the book, they quickly thought of Rivers, a legend among friends and family for her savory, sardonic Passover gatherings. PowerHouse press liaison Abbe Aronson, also a contributor to the book, says she spoke to Rivers in April. The conversation was supposed to last just a few minutes, but ran for nearly an hour. They ended up with so much material that powerHouse decided to use it for the introduction.

“The more we chatted about Jewish food, the more animated and nostalgic she became,” Aronson says, “telling us stories about the food she enjoyed growing up and what dishes she craved as an adult, the few times she would actually indulge in such rich food. What was absolutely clear as well was the fact that she was enjoying recounting these stories as a way to keep these memories alive, for not only herself but for her family.”

The gateway to great Jewish food, Rivers told Aronson, was not through her mother – “a very chic woman, very well read, a great hostess, and a horrible cook.” Rivers, a native and lifelong resident of New York City, credited her father, a doctor who had a “huge ethnic practice” in Brooklyn.
“Obviously, most patients paid him but some could not afford to, and so they’d bring food in exchange for medical services,” she explained. “We got soups, blintzes … you name it. Stuffed derma was a big one for fixing a burst appendix. Oh my God, the food … it was just terrific and this is how I grew up – eating such food cooked with love and delivered by infirm and dying patients.”

Rivers dropped all the right names: kasha varnishkes, eggele (or eyerlekh, which is Yiddish for “little eggs,” she noted) and gribenes. She worried that her grandson, Cooper, “looks at Jewish food and doesn’t really get it.”
And she contemplated the menu for an imagined last meal, starting with “a good piece of gefilte fish with some fantastic freshly grated horseradish on it.”

Or perhaps noodle kugel. Definitely kreplach. Just don’t go out for Chinese.
“I’m not happy at a Chinese restaurant. I want kreplach! Jewish food makes Italian food seem like Lean Cuisine,” she said. “The amazing thing is, believe it or not, I only had so-so Jewish food in Israel. Maybe it’s because my hostess’ daughter was a vegan.”

Missing Teen Found in Good Condition

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Police say a 15-year-old girl who disappeared from her New York City school has been found in good condition and is back with her family.

A police spokeswoman says Nashaly Perez Rodriguez was found at a friend’s house at 7 a.m. Thursday. The spokeswoman did not know the location of the house.

The teen slipped away from her school in Brooklyn on Monday.

Her mother, Sandra Rodriguez, said at a news conference Wednesday that she didn’t find out about her daughter’s disappearance until an hour after it took place.
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BP Adams Unveils Legislation Using Vanity License Plates To Fund Fight Against Childhood Cancer

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Yesterday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams outlined his office’s efforts to fight childhood cancer by introducing an initiative to create new vanity license plates for funding treatment of the disease with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). In a joint announcement with Council Member Vincent Gentile, deputy leader of the New York City Council, made on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall as the building prepared to “go gold” this week to raise awareness of childhood cancer, they made the recommendation that the New York State Legislature accept a legislative proposal that mandates that the DMV expand its current vanity license plate program to create additional funding for childhood cancer treatment and research.

“Awareness is an important part of the fight against childhood cancer, as it reawakens us to the horrors these children and their families must endure and the commitment we must make to funding research that will find a cure,” said Borough President Adams. “In the glow of gold at Brooklyn Borough Hall this week, we affirm our support for those in this struggle.”

Borough President Adams noted that only five percent of federal funding for cancer research and treatment goes towards childhood cancer, creating the need for the additional funding recommended by the Borough President through the vanity plate initiative. He also used the announcement as an opportunity to point out some of the alarming facts behind the quality of care for childhood cancer patients.

“It is estimated that 15,780 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 years will be diagnosed with cancer nationwide in a given year and 1,960 will die of the disease in the United States,” said Borough President Adams, quoting statistics from the National Cancer Institute. “With this legislative proposal that we’re announcing, we are intent on bringing down these numbers.”

In the pursuit of this initiative, Borough President Adams is partnering with Council Member Gentile on a resolution in the New York City Council, while teaming up with State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Assembly Member Keith L.T. Wright on legislation to be introduced next session in Albany.

“I applaud the Borough President’s recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and for raising awareness among Brooklynites of all ages,” said State Senator Montgomery, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Committee on Children and Families. “I look forward to working with the Borough President in crafting legislation that will address the incidence of pediatric cancer, through the awarding of grant funding for treatment, research, educational outreach and supportive services. Our bill will be ready for introduction at the start of the new Legislative Session in January 2015.”

“I will be proud to carry Borough President Adams’ legislative effort to combat childhood cancer in the New York State Assembly,” said Assembly Member Wright. “We must substantially increase the funding toward research and treatment of this terrible disease, one that claims the lives of far too many of New York’s youth. Not only will vanity license plates spread awareness about the fight against childhood cancer, it will better arm us with the resources we need to defeat it once and for all.

NYPD: Hate Crimes Up Against Muslim, Jewish People

hate_crimeSuspected hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim people have increased in New York City following unrest overseas this summer, but the attacks are random and not from any organized group, police officials said Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Michael Osgood, who heads the special victims division, said there’s been an increase since July 1, when reports about the unrest in Gaza and the Islamic State group became front-page news.

Before July 1, reports of the crimes were down. Since then, there have been about 18 reports of anti-Semitic crimes per month. So far this year there have been 89 suspected hate crime attacks, up from 64 last year. There have been 17 reported attacks against Muslims, up from seven last year. Fourteen of the attacks on Muslims occurred after July 1.

The crimes vary from anti-Semitic statements to assaults and vandalism. They include a 55-year-old New York man accused of mowing down a Sikh man with his pickup truck after calling him a terrorist and a series of fliers with swastikas that were found in Brooklyn, home to the largest concentration of Orthodox Jews outside Israel.

Osgood said at a briefing ahead of the upcoming holy days that the sustained media attention about overseas conflicts creates “an emotional surge” in New York.

“Two things occur: A person who would normally not offend now offends, he’s moved by the emotion. And the person who normally not report, now reports,” Osgood said.
The incidents are not from any organized group, Osgood said. They are random and impulsive acts by “street thugs,” he said.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said the authorities were watching very closely and aggressively. He said it was important to note that the crimes are not an organized effort to strike a particular religious group or race.
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Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty in $172,000 Gift Card Scam

A New York man has pleaded guilty to using counterfeit credit cards to buy more than $172,000 worth of gift cards from Target and Wal-Mart stores in Rhode Island.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Yvener Jean-Baptiste, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence to one count each of credit card fraud and identity theft.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Jean-Baptiste admitted he and others bought the cards at stores in Lincoln and Warwick in November. He would sell them to someone in New York, typically for 25 percent of face value.
Jean-Baptiste was arrested Nov. 30 after he returned to a Target store in Lincoln. A store employee recognized his car as having been used the previous day by people who bought $75,894.01 worth of gift cards with counterfeit credit cards.

NYPD’s First Deputy Police Commissioner to Retire

Officials say the NYPD’s highest-ranking Hispanic and first deputy police commission is retiring at the end of October.

Rafael Pineiro joined the agency in 1970 and has served as its second-highest-ranking official since 2010.
Pineiro had been a candidate for police commissioner before Mayor Bill de Blasio selected William Bratton.

It wasn’t immediately clear why he was retiring.

Pineiro declined to comment.
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East Flatbush: Missing 12 Year Old Girl

Police and community members are searching for 12-year-old Christelle Camille of East Flatbush, who disappeared last week on September 7 after not returning home from school. Christelle is described as a black female, 5’0′ in height, 150 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a black shirt, black pants and white sneakers.

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If you have seen Christelle, know of her whereabouts, or have information of this case, contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS right away. Tips can also be submitted by logging on to the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com

Belt Parkway Resurfacing Closures

The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) will be milling and resurfacing portions of the eastbound Belt Parkway between Flatbush Ave and Rockaway Parkway (Brooklyn), from 11 PM until 5 AM, beginning Monday, 9/15. Full closures will occur Monday nights through Saturday mornings, and last for approximately three weeks. During this project, motorists will be guided through a detour route, which exits at Flatbush Ave, proceeds to Utica/Flatlands Aves, then East 76th St/Paerdegat Ave, Seaview Ave and returns to the Belt Parkway via Rockaway Parkway. Flatlands and Pennsylvania Aves become an alternate route. Signs indicating the detour route will provide additional guidance. Work will not occur on the nights of Wednesday, 9/24, and Thursday, 9/25, in observance of Rosh Hashanah. Work will resume on the night of Friday, 9/26.

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Blind Man Robbed in Broad Daylight on Ocean Ave


Police need your help locating a ruthless thug who robbed a blind man in broad daylight.

According to police, the 57 year old victim was walking down Ocean Ave  when the suspect approached him from behind at the corner of Bay Ave. and grabbed his wallet.

The victim’s wallet contained credit cards and approximately $1,000 in cash.

Surveillance cameras from the Flatbush Hatzolah garage down the block captured the suspect after the incident.

The suspect is described as a male Black who was last seen wearing a  black shirt, gray shorts, black sneakers and walking with his mountain bike.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.